I run a small IT group and am using a Dell Precision T3400 workstation as a shared file system. I'm also running a Quickbooks multi-user server on the same machine. Two weeks ago, my only hard drive failed on me and I spent the next 7 days restoring the machine and all the data. It wasn't the end of the world (I'm still employed), but I need to make sure I don't repeat this, at least anytime soon.
Here is my current setup: Seagate drive 1 - two partitions (c: 100GB e: 400GB) Seagate drive 2 - two partitions (d: 100GB f: 400GB)
External hard drive (250 GB)
Windows 7 and Barracuda Yosemite Backup installed
Here are the parameters:
1) I'd like to do this without spending much money (less than a couple hundred $s)
2) I'd like to keep downtime to one day or less in the case of a single hard drive crash
3) I'd like to never lose more than an hour or two of data
4) If I could maintain a short file history of changes, that would be cool, but not necessary.
Should I consider a RAID 1 software solution? I think Seagate or Dell came with a CD that did that.
Should I use a Microsoft Restore Backup solution?
I own Barracuda Yosemite Laptop/Desktop Backup but had mixed success with it (it only restored some of my files).